from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Spiteful or malicious; venomous: a viperish retort.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. In the manner of a viper.
- adj. spiteful; treacherous
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Somewhat like a viper; viperous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Like a viper; somewhat viperous; malignant; ugly: as, a viperish old woman.
Enid Graham and Kelli O'Hara have some fun with the viperish sisters.
This morning in the NY Times, Virginia Heffernan found herself missing the viperish presence of Joan Rivers on the red carpet, and quoted some Rivers line about how she's so old and saggy her gynecologist wears a crash helmet.
His Slade is a volatile, fascinating mix of old-fashioned courtliness and viperish hostility.
By the Almighty, we have escaped from the blackamoor and from drowning: but how shall we escape from this abominable and viperish monster?
“I wish he were uglier,” said Lady Dudley, with a viperish look at Comte Felix.
Joan Didion is "a viperish, whispering little creature."
“If I choose,” said Goupil, giving her a viperish look; “Massin would buy the whole for two hundred thousand francs.”
“Admirable tenderness!” said Madame Fosco, admiring her husband, with a last viperish look in my direction.
She cast one viperish look at me as I entered the hall, but said nothing, and went slowly upstairs without returning my bow.
You never gave me the credit for that much intelligence, did you? she thought with viperish satisfaction.
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